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Boy George Talks The Best Songs Of 1984 - VIDEO

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Famous for his spats with other 80s pop stars, Boy George was in a good mood when he popped into Rolling Stone to chat about their list of the 100 best singles of 1984, he was surprisingly positive.

Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A? - "It was so American and so rousing!"

U2’s Pride? - "They were just amazing, amazing."

Maybe not so much on Wham! though - "When George Michael came along I was like, 'He's called George? That's not allowed!"

Watch George on “the year of more" and the video for King of Everything from his last album This Is What I Do, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Coachella Lineup Announced

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Outkast, Muse, and Arcade Fire will headline this year's Coachella music festival in Indio, California which takes place the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20.

The L.A. Times adds: "Additionally, Coachella will mark the West Coast return of the Replacements, the scrappy 1980s indie rock outfit that unexpectedly reformed in fall 2013. The act broke up on stage in Chicago in 1991. Beloved rock acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Afghan Whigs will also make a rare live appearance at Coachella."

There had been rumors that U2 might headline Coachella this year but so far, no dice.


Broadway's Spider-Man Underwent Rigorous Crotch Analysis

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The record-breaking operational costs involved in staging the elaborate new Julie Taymor-U2 Spider-man musical included this:

“One whole day was devoted to make sure there was nothing inappropriate showing in the crotch area of the suit. Andrew (Garfield) should be flattered that it took so long to get that part right!”

Last night 60 Minutes offered a preview of the production. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Sunday night's first preview was stopped at least five times for technical issues.

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Music News: Ten Years After Dusty Springfield's Death, Plus M83, Prince, No Doubt, The Decemberists, U2

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Robbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad. Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Yesterday (March 2) marked 10 years since the death of British soul singer Dusty Springfield, known for such songs as "Wishin' And Hopin'," "I Only Want To Be With You" and "Son Of A Preacher Man." After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Dusty passed away the day she was to receive the OBE (Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace, and 10 days before she was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in the U.S. She was 59.

At her funeral in London, Elton John noted, "I think she is the greatest white singer that there ever has been," while Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys said, "I think Dusty would have been amazed and moved to learn how much she means to people, what an impact her singing has made, what fondness people feel for her. The British have always taken pop music surprisingly seriously and they know that Dusty Springfield was unique, a soul singer, a star, the real thing. Dusty's voice is always there to lift you up when you're down. I feel proud that we knew her and worked with her and played a small part in her fabulous life. She was 'fab', and because of her music, she always will be."

The site Broadway World stated yesterday that Wicked and Pushing Daisies actress Kristin Chenoweth is currently developing a movie based on the life of Springfield, which Playbill mentioned in 2005 would focus on the singer's life while recording her classic 1969 album Dusty In Memphis.

Below are some clips of Dusty Springfield both in her prime in the '60s and after her successful comeback in the 1980s.

No Doubt road.jpg   If you're planning to see M83 perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this Saturday, don't expect to hear "Kim & Jessie" or anything off the French band's recent album Saturdays = Youth. Says frontman Anthony Gonzales, "We'll play tracks that are more like orchestral material—mostly songs from my previous albums, for example 'Before The Dawn Heals Us', because I don't think it's really interesting to play pop songs with the orchestra."

road.jpg   The reunited No Doubt (above) to perform on the May 11 season finale of Gossip Girl. Then band will do a cover of Adam and the Ants' "Stand And Deliver" on the hit nighttime teen soap, before Gwen Stefani and Co. head off on tour this summer.

Prince road.jpg   Prince to release a three-CD set on March 29 exclusively through Target, for $11.98.

road.jpg   Chris Brown and Rihanna: Reconciled?

road.jpg   The Decemberists to do two sets on their upcoming A Short Fazed Hovel spring tour—one of their complete upcoming album The Hazards Of Love, and another of older songs.

road.jpg   U2 to release a more "meditative and processional" album by the end of the year, culled from the same sessions as today's release No Line On The Horizon

Totalpop road.jpg   Metalheads, get ready to rock the big screen. The high-def documentary Iron Maiden: Flight 666 will air for one day only (April 21) on 400 screens in 34 different countries. The film chronicles Iron Maiden circling the globe on a Boeing 757 to perform 23 sold out stadium and arena shows. The band was named Best Live Act at the Brit Awards two weeks ago.

road.jpg   An interesting review of Erasure's Total Pop!—The First 40 Hits compilation from U.K. site The Quietus: "That Erasure were fated forever to remain in the critical and commercial shadow of fellow synth-pop behemoths the Pet Shop Boys seems largely down to their more overtly gay aesthetic: while Q journalists and Mondeo Man alike could cheerfully endorse the latter’s arch pop nous and ambiguous sexuality without too many hang-ups, it was harder to fully embrace Erasure’s flamboyant outrageousness without finding your masculinity just a little compromised. No matter: in an era when the contrived camp affectations of The Scissor Sisters and Mika is hailed as in some way progressive and ground-breaking, Erasure deserve to be celebrated for their sparkling originality and crusading flamboyance, but mostly for their impeccable tuneage. Be out and be proud."

road.jpg   TODAY'S NEW RELEASES:

No Line U2's twelfth studio album No Line On The Horizon, featuring a photograph of the sea meeting the sky by Hiroshi Sugimoto on the cover. Last night in Los Angeles, a special U2 pop up installation was opened to the public at Space 15 Twenty on North Cahuenga Blvd. The installation is open today from noon to 9 p.m., as well. Rock photographer Anton Corbijn's pictures of the band are on display, and his new film Linear will be screened at the location.

Both the Watchmen soundtrack, featuring music from various artists, and Tyler Bates' original film score.

The Middle Cyclone, the sixth studio album from New Pornographers member Neko Case. 

Total Dance 2009, mixed by Tony Okungbowa and featuring remixes of hits by Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Estelle, David Archuleta, Coldplay and Chris Brown, amongst others. Annoyingly, iTunes only offers the continuous mix as one hour+-long MP3.

Music News: Take That Have 'Attitude' Covered, Plus U2, Kelly Clarkson, Real McCoy, The Saturdays, Antony And The Johnsons

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GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad. Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary this week! Congrats!

The members of Take That—Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen—appear on four different covers of U.K. gay mag Attitude's February issue.

Says Attitude: "Riding off the success of their number one album The Circus, we shot four covers with Gary, Jason, Howard and Mark. In one of their most revealing and intimate interviews, Attitude Assistant Editor Colin Crummy spent an unprecedented amount of time with the band and got the scoop on rumours, Robbie [Williams] and their ongoing relationship with their gay audience."

The Circus recently spent five weeks at the top of the British album chart, and has sold 1.5 million copies in their home country since its release last month.

In early December, Universal Music U.K. chief David Joseph told Billboard, "We have a lot of interest in the music from our American partners."

He also added that a decision on a U.S. release will be made "in the next few months."

It was announced this week that Take That have been nominated for a 2009 Brit Award in the category of Best British Group, along with Coldplay, Girls Aloud, Elbow and Radiohead.

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road.jpg SOME CLIPS FOR THE WEEK:

U2: Their new single, "Get On Your Boots," from its world debut on Ireland's RTE FM2 morning show on Monday. What do you all think of this one? A bit too "Vertigo" maybe?

THE SATURDAYS: The radio edit done by Erasure's Vince Clarke for the U.K.-based girl group's current single "Issues."

LILY ALLEN: Her cover of the Clash's "Straight To Hell" for upcoming compilation Heroes benefiting the multi-national War Child charity. The album will also feature Rufus Wainwright, Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip and Duffy.

REAL MCCOY: The unreleased U.S. video for the German act's 1995 hit "Run Away," which surfaced online this week. The 1984 theme was apparently deemed "too dark" by Arista at the time.


road.jpg THE WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

Kelly_clarkson_2Kelly Clarkson's new single "My Life Would Suck Without You," currently #1 on iTunes. Produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, the song pretty much picks up where "Since U Been Gone" left off. Curiously—but perhaps appropriately?—iTunes stars out the "U" and the "C" whithin the word "suck" at the online store. That kinda sucks.

Antony And The Johnsons' third LP, The Crying Light, which contains a 1977 photo of butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno on the cover.

Merriweather Post Pavillion, the eighth album from experimental Baltimore-based indie act, Animal Collective.

The self-titled debut from Fiction Family, a duo consisting of Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins and Switchfoot's Jon Foreman.

A compilation of reheated Mariah Carey leftovers from her former label Sony. It's called—brace yourselves—The Ballads.


Music News: Alanis Morissette, Jennifer Hudson, Mint Royale, Lily Allen, U2

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GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Alanis Morissette's first studio album in four years, Flavors Of Entanglement -- on which she worked with British producer Guy Sigsworth -- hits retail and online stores today. Most reviews are echoing each other in saying, quite simply, it's the best thing she's done since Jagged Little Pill. Perhaps it's because Alanis (seen above performing at the "Rock in Rio" music festival in Lisbon last month) creates her best when she's been scorned?

Ryan_reynolds_97The new album, for the most part, covers Morissette's breakup with actor Ryan Reynolds (pictured right), whom she was with for two years and eventually engaged to, and the aftermath. Reynolds is now engaged to Scarlett Johansson.

The 34-year-old singer talked to the Los Angeles Times about the emotions that fueled the making of the album: "I think it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. It's having had too many of them. And I was a full-blown love addict, so it was like, 'I can't keep doing this, my body can't take it.' Breakups are a horrible thing for almost everybody I know. For someone who is a love addict, it's debilitating.

"I've been on a constant journey toward finally surrendering and hitting the rock bottom that I've been avoiding my whole life. . . . So this was a huge, critical juncture for me. Everything broke, and it was an amazing and horrifying time."

I can see how you'd be pretty bummed if Ryan Reynolds was the one that got away.

It's worth noting that Alanis also seems to have gotten a bit more electronic on this album, though the results are a bit more Björk than Kylie.

road.jpg Ne-Yo "radio-izes" Jennifer Hudson.

road.jpg Lily Allen says Big Brother is watching her in the U.S.: "She was terrified to be photographed anywhere that people may have been taking drugs in case she got linked to them. She even started staying in instead of going out clubbing in case certain people got the wrong idea." Gosh, these really are tough times for everyone.

road.jpg Janet Jackson claims Island Def Jam have jumped ship on her latest album after single "Rock With U" failed to chart, and that she's now unable to visit Europe on her upcoming tour. The label's response: "Unfortunately we haven't experienced the results we would have liked with this new album. But we respect and support Janet."

road.jpg Here's 14-year-old Mancunian street dancer George Sampson and his winning performance on Britain's Got Talent, which sent Mint Royale's remix of "Singin' In The Rain" to the top of the U.K. chart this week:

road.jpg Download the new CSS single, "Rat Is Dead (Rage)" for free.

road.jpg U2's manager Paul McGuinness says Radiohead's decision to offer the band's In Rainbows album on a pay-what-you-want basis online backfired, and that Bono and Co. will not be following suit with their new set, due out this fall. "Sixty to 70% of the people who downloaded the record stole it anyway, even though it was available for free," McGuinness tells the BBC. "We will obviously work with whatever technology is available to make the release of the new record as interesting as possible. [But] for U2, physical sales are still an enormous part of our business and we still sell a lot of actual CDs."

road.jpg His name is Prince. And he is 50.

IknowyouremarriedTHIS WEEK'S NEW RELEASES:

New singles from The Cure ("All Kinds Of Stuff"), Jennifer Hudson ("Spotlight"), Peter Gabriel ("Down To Earth") and Robin Thicke ("Magic").

Martha Wainwright's second album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, which features a cover of the Eurythmics' "Love Is A Stranger."

Wallflowers' frontman Jakob Dylan's solo album, Seeing Things, produced by Rick Rubin.

Keeping with the "seeing" theme, N.E.R.D.'s third set, Seeing Sounds, is also out.

Evil Urges, the fifth album from My Morning Jacket.

The U.S. release of Supergrass' Diamond Hoo Ha, which has been out in Europe for several months.



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